In his meeting with a group of senators, Trump had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s**thole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and others who had been briefed on the remarkable Oval Office conversation.
Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the United States should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway. "The president of the United States is exhausted of so many black people coming to this country", his colleague Anderson Cooper said.
The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent "shitholes". "When it came to the issue of 'chain migration, ' I said to the president, 'Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?' African Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains".
He continued, "President Donald Trump's words describing the glorious people of Africa, El Salvador and Haiti is far worse than mere insensitivity or even nationalism".
He pointed out that the USA accepted 23,000 Haitian immigrants and 172,000 Mexican immigrants in 2017, and immigration is so brisk from El Salvador that one in three Salvadorans now lives in the U.S. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".
He continued an hour later, tweeting, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". There is no other word you can use but "racist". Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the meeting, said the president indeed used those words.
President Trump's approval rating fell across many demographic groups over his first year in office, including among those seen as important to his base. These are folks who bring a different aspect to temporary protected status than Central American countries.
"I find President Trump's reported comments about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries unacceptable and inaccurate", Siplin said.
During the 2016 campaign, Pope Francis said that a man with such views was "not Christian", after being asked about Trump's views on immigration and his plans to build a border wall, Reuters reported.